“He’s outside of his car and the car’s on fire…it looks terrifying.”

Seattle Police Department investigators worked late into the night Monday collecting evidence and piecing together the series of events which led two Washington State Patrol Troopers to open fire on a man armed with a knife on the Interstate 5 Ship Canal Bridge, fatally wounding him.

As investigators continue to comb through evidence and review witness statements, the Department is releasing two 911 audio files recorded as the incident unfolded on the bridge just before 7 PM. In the first recording, a man tells 911 operators of the “terrifying” scene on I-5, describing a burning car and an erratic man on the freeway.

The second recording—of 911 operators for Seattle Police, Seattle Fire, and the Washington State Patrol working together to gather details and get officers and medics to the scene—highlights the often uncertain and scarce nature of the information available to first-responders as they rush to critical incidents.



SPD will release more information on the investigation as it becomes available.

Driver Loses Consciousness, Crashes into Business

A man crashed his car into a Lake City Way business Tuesday afternoon after suffering from a medical emergency.

At 3:45 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of a car plowing into a business in the 12000 block of Lake City Way NE. The vehicle drove through a fence and into many items on the business’ property.

An employee ran over to find the vehicles wheels still spinning and the driver’s foot still on the accelerator.  The employee broke the passenger side window, reached in and shut off the engine. The driver had apparently suffered a medical emergency that caused him to lose consciousness.

Officers arrived and pulled the driver from the car. They performed CPR until the Seattle Fire Department arrived.

Seattle Fire medics transported the man to Northwest Hospital and Medical Center for further treatment.

(Update x2) Suspect In Double Homicide Now In Custody

Two men were murdered in the 500 block of 29 Ave. South early this morning.

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area of S. King St. and 29 Ave. South and arrived in under a minute. They found two young men lying in the street both of whom suffered gunshot wounds.

Seattle Fire Department medics quickly responded but pronounced the two men dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing a black or silver vehicle fleeing the area, but no description of the shooter was given.

Homicide and CSI detectives are investigating this incident.

While this remains an on-going investigation investigators are asking for any information in this case. Please call 911 or Homicide Detectives directly at (206) 233-5000.

(UPDATE)

Seattle Police Homicide detectives believe Matalepuna Malu is the suspect in last nights double homicide. If seen, call 911 and speak with police. Please use extreme caution as the suspect is believed to be armed.

Matalepuna Malu is a Samoan male 5′ 11″, dark hair, 200 pounds and is 26 years old.

 

Update x2: Malu turned himself in at Seattle Police Headquarters on June 1st and was booked into the King County Jail.

Update x3:  Under the direction of Mayor Ed Murray, the city is now working to improve safety and lighting along 29th Avenue. The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light will inspect the 500 block of 29th Avenue early this week and develop a plan to trim back overgrown vegetation on the street. Some trees interfering with lighting on the street are on private property, but SDOT and SCL will assess the situation and attempt to resolve the public/private property issue and improve public safety in the area.

Update x4:  As Seattle Police Department homicide detectives continue their investigation into murder of two men, ages 23 and 27, in the Leschi neighborhood, it has become clear that this violence was not gang-related. Neither of the victims had a criminal history and neither man is suspected of any wrongdoing.  Investigators continue to follow leads and gather more information in this case, and ask that anyone with information please call (206) 233-5000.

Man Stabbed in Occidental Park

A man suffered stab wounds this evening in Occidental Park.

Officers found the victim sitting in the park at 6:30 p.m. The victim claimed to have been stabbed by a Hispanic male in his twenties wearing a baseball cap and dark pants.

Seattle Fire Department Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers were unable to find a cooperative witness that would speak with them about what had occurred in the park. Once at the hospital, the victim, too, became uncooperative and refused to provide any more details about the assault.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call 911.

Overnight Hit and Run Downtown

A woman was in the crosswalk at Virginia St. and 2 Ave. on Friday around 11:30 p.m when she was hit by a car.

A tan Honda Accord was travelling east along Virginia St when it struck the pedestrian. The car stopped for a second, then continued eastbound without stopping to provide information or render aid to the pedestrian.

 

Seattle Fire Department Medics responded and treated the 60-year-old woman for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Medics transported her to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for multiple broken bones.

 

After searching the surrounding area, Southwest Precinct patrol officers went to the registered owners address. Officers found the vehicle parked and unoccupied a short distance from the residence. They impounded the car for traffic collision investigators.

 

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call 911 and speak with an officer.